The AGFC is conducting a tag reward study on Lake Greeson. Biologists have tagged several bass with brightly colored tags (right photo) to help understand what proportion of the population is harvested by anglers. These tags have individual numbers to identify the fish, along with a phone number for anglers to report a catch.
If you catch a tagged fish, cut the tag off of the fish if you want to release the fish back to the lake, and call the number on the tag. You will need to provide information about your catch, including the tag number and location of your catch. You will be asked to mail or deliver the tag to an AGFC office; once the tag is received by AGFC staff, a check will be sent to you as a reward for participating.
* Fisheries staff in western Arkansas recently collected bluegill and redear sunfish broodstock from Lake Hinkle, located in Waldron (Scott County). These fish were stocked into the Lake Hinkle nursery pond where they can grow and reproduce in a predator-free environment.
The expectation of the fisheries staff is that this will result in excellent forage when the nursery pond is released this fall.
The staff there also reported that while electrofishing they noted impressive numbers of healthy spotted bass (or Kentucky bass). Most fish were caught tight to the shoreline on the way toward the Lake Hinkle dam ramp.
* Lake Charles in northeast Arkansas saw the removal of the daily crappie creel beginning in 2017, and after four years of increased harvest of crappie, the lake is seeing positive changes in the population, AGFC biologists report. Last fall’s sampling by the staff indicated that some of the crappie there are reaching longer lengths and have healthier weights than they had prior to the removal of the daily limit. By removing the limit and allowing anglers to harvest as many crappie as they want, this has led to a decrease in overall population and has increased prey availability for the crappie.
Biologists are hoping this plan shows the same success in a couple of other lakes in the region. Lake Hogue and Lake Frierson saw changes in daily creel limit in 2020, and biologists look for improvement in crappie over the next several years. Currently, an angler can harvest as many fish as he or she can catch, regardless of size, in lakes Charles, Frierson and Hogue. Anglers can do their part in resource conservation and boosting the overall health of these lakes’ crappie by fishing these lakes and harvesting all the crappie they catch.